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i'm keith olbermann. good night and good luck. >>> please join us for the live edition of "countdown" every week night at 8:00 p.m. >>> tackling tax cuts. president obama sets the stage for a showdown with prens over plans to stimulate the economy. >>> devastation in detroit, flames sweep through dozens of homes in michigan. >>> and officials take no chances with a toy pony bomb square. >>> this is "first look" on msnbc. we begin this morning with getting personal. president obama will dig deep during a speech in cleveland today where, according to administration officials, he'll draw on his own personal background to convince voters that he knows what it's like to struggle through tough times. tracy potts joins us with more from washington on how the president plans to boost the economy. >> republican leader john boehner and in a region hit hard by unemployment. the president is expected to urge congress to let the bush tax cuts expire for the wealthy. individuals earning overed 200,000 and couples over $250,000. plus, he wants to spend $50 billion on transportation pr
elections in november. nbc's tracie potts joins us. good morning, tracie. >> reporter: what to do about taxes. the senate confirmed what the house already said, this is not going to happen before you go to the polls in november. senate democrats got together, but could not agree on how to move forward. the issue is whether or not to preserve the bush tax cuts for everyone or just for the middle class and let taxes go up on the wealthy. it is a political hot potato headed into november. not one that the democrats now say they want to touch before you go to the polls, however, what they did back, a small business bill, $30 billion, a new fund to help small businesses get loans. this was mainly a democratic issue. the idea here is that if businesses have more cash, they'll hire people, buy equipment, expand and help pull this economy out of a slump. the gop called it a bailout. their plan is their new pledge to america, a government that's too big, they say is something they want to get rid of if they're elected in november. they also want to expand tax cuts and several other measures that
those services using what's known as pier-to-pier software are difficult to accept. the bill raises fresh questions about how to balance security needs with the protection of privacy. >>> the bishop of a georgia megachurch has broken his silence speaking to his congregation for the first time since being accused of luring four young men into sexual relationships. eddie long vowed to fight the lawsuits claiming that the church leader, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, gave the young men gifts and took them on trips. authorities say they won't investigate the allegations because all four men said they were 17 or 18 when the relationships began. georgia's age of consent is 16. >>> today nbc is proud to kick off "education nation" here at 30 rock. a special week of programming. a new nbc news/"wall street journal" shows most people think education needs major changes or a complete overhaul. our michelle franzen is in new york. >> reporter: this week-long series and this two-day summit is aimed at looking at what works in the classroom and what doesn't. it is the start of a national
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